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Founder of Laguna Beach nonprofit dies in electric bike crash

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LAGUNA BEACH, CA – Norman Rest, a Laguna Beach resident, owner and non-profit entrepreneur, died Monday after crashing his electric bike on Canyon View Drive and Buena Vista Way, officials said.

Rest had lived in Orange County since 1960, according to a report by the Laguna Beach Independent.

Entrepreneur, Rest has been building homes in the Laguna Beach area since the age of 21. He built 12 of the Top of the World homes and built homes in Newport Beach, Orange County, and around the world.

He and his father founded the Lido Sailing Club over 40 years ago, now home to the Windward Sailing Club and Lido Paddle Sports. In 2020, Rest and his wife, Debra Kottke, co-founded the Lido Paddle Project to support veterans and first responders in their mental well-being through paddleboarding.

This non-profit organization has served more than 300 people with free stand-up paddleboarding lessons since its inception in September 2020, according to The Independent.

He spent his time playing and restoring stringed instruments, surfing, downhill skiing, paddling, rebuilding vintage cars, and riding electric bikes.

Rest is survived by his wife, Debra Kottke, and children Chris and Elizabeth.

According to BikinginLa.com, Rest is the 60th cycling fatality in Southern California in 2021 and the seventh cycling fatality this year in Orange County.

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